Posted by: Manager / Associate Curator | September 16, 2016

Photograph of the Week. Jay’s General Store, ca. 1963.


Jay’s General Store, 933 Marlborough Street at the corner of Oliver Lane. The 1951 City Directory lists Louis Schacter (merchant) on Marlborough Street at Oliver Lane. Storekeeper Julius (Jay) Sookman (1923-2001) purchased the property from his uncle Louis Schacter and moved in ca. 1955. The building still stands, although it has undergone a facelift and is now used as a hair salon. The Schacters and Sookmans were members of Cornwall’s Jewish community. The photographer was on the east side of Marlborough Street north of the store/gas bar, facing south. Note the old Cornwall Water tower across Ninth Street East at Marlborough Street. Photograph donated by Ransom Ledoux.

jayberthasookman_1969-06Photo of Jay and his wife Bertha (Betty) in 1969 courtesy of their daughter Thelma.

That area, known by some as Stove Pipe Alley, was criss-crossed by rail tracks as seen in this photo from an anonymous donor. This photo was taken nearby in the area of Marlborough Street and Tenth Street East looking east towards McConnell Avenue.

The area was on the edge of the historic Glebe District.



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